Mike...have you tried any rectal meds?
Maybe something to consider before the big-guns.
Regarding life-span....some of us do get UC-related liver disease which is fatal, but not terminal (interesting perspective). A liver transplant buys time when the patient's liver cannot sustain life..., but interestingly, the new liver will also get the UC-related disease eventually....so, I would think that cuts down on life-span if it's active.
I believe the goal to keep everything nice and quiet helps.
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....zymactive 3 - 5x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg; Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!